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Have you ever asked yourself what bad breath is and what causes it? Even though it can often be misconstrued as smells arising from foods you eat, bad breath is often the result of bacterial odors that come from your mouth. Bad breath can be produced by a variety of underlying conditions including infection in your mouth, such as toothaches, or disorders that lie deeper in your body.

Occasionally, bad breath cannot be easily treated as it is a result of a larger ailment within the body. Common forms of this type of bad breath are teeth that may be rotting or are infected. Other disorders that can produce bad breath include kidney infections, liver problems, and many respiratory tract infections. Make sure to visit your dentist for a full diagnosis and oral examination if your bad breath persists.

Bad breath can usually be prevented with daily oral health habits such as brushing and flossing. You should brush your teeth twice daily and floss once daily to help prevent the effects of bad breath. Another useful tool that can help is mouthwash. Although, mouthwash should never be used as a replacement for brushing or flossing.

Depending on your level of halitosis, our dentist at Gentle Dental Arts can help you find which treatment will work best for you. Dr. Alexander Larsen and our team would love to see you at our dentist office in Orem, Utah. To schedule an appointment, please call us at 801-224-1117. Stop by, and take the time to focus on your oral health care.